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Map of Melronne by Ranarh Map of Melronne by Ranarh
Trying some new map-making tricks, I elaborate on them in my art blog ranarh.blogspot.com. The pretty compass is from the brush pack by *silverbeam.

I will dare an experiment with this map: You can have it, for free, and make up a story about it or use it as a playing prop or whatever. Don't make money with it, tell people I made it, and of course, send me a link to whatever you did with it.
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :clap:
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
... and in French ;)

Thanks :)
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Intricate mapwork, like the real stuff. I once devised a map for a novel I wrote. Would be interested in a few tips.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thank you!
What kind of tips? A map should be readable (that's why I crosshatched the sea), reasonably detailed, halfway geographically correct (meaning, learn where mountains go and what they do to the sourroundings - it doesn't have to hold up to scientific standards, just be probable), and some fancy presentation with textures.
I put in the detail with the trick I show in my blog and then applying a layer stroke effect. Writing should always be done by hand (James Gurney once said, if you want a handdrawn look, well, draw it by hand. He's right, but this is quicker).
Anything else, just ask :)
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks, that was quite fine. I will try to remember what I want next.
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TheMadSinclair Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The things you could do with a map like this in DnD... :0 It's fantastic. How long did this even take? Seriously, it's so detailed and... tidy... =w= Tidy artwork eludes me.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
By all means, use it for roleplaying. I have folders full of treasured handouts with my character sheets :)
It took me about four hours in total. It's so tidy because this is effects work and not handdrawn (I lack patience for inkwork).
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TheMadSinclair Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Weh, thanks! I just might set up a campaign around it... :D
I might have to look at your blogpost about map making, too. (I almost exclusively hand-draw everything, it's very tedious. xD)
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